Rosie O'Donnell Recovering After Heart Attack

Comedian says on blog that aspirin saved her life

Rosie O'Donnell says she suffered a heart attack last week, but survived it by taking an aspirin.

Getty ImagesThe 50-year-old comedian and former talk show host wrote about the medical situation on her blog. She said that last Tuesday, as she walked through a parking lot, someone called to her for help.

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She turned to see an "enormous woman struggling to get out of her car," she said. O'Donnell, who blogged about the experience in verse, said she helped pull the woman out of her car, and hours later:

"my body hurt
i had an ache in my chest
both my arms were sore
everything felt bruised."

The pain continued, O'Donnell said, and she felt nauseous. Her skin became clammy and she felt hot and threw up. She searched for heart attack symptoms online and found that she had several of them. She wrote:

"i took some bayer aspirin
thank god
saved by a tv commercial
literally"

Doctors believe aspirin can in certain cases help prevent blood clots that block blood vessels and cause heart attacks. People should consult a doctor before deciding whether to regularly take aspirin to reduce the risk of heart attack.

When O'Donnell went to a cardiologist the day after experiencing the symptoms, She was told that she had a 99 percent blockage. She received a stent.

"they call this type of heart attack
the Widow maker
i am lucky to be here," O'Donnell wrote.

O'Donnell urged woman to know the symptoms of a heart attack, and to do what she didn't — call 911 — if they experience them.